Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Saturday August 10, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals -150 / Pittsburgh Pirates +130
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of a three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to get back in the series after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 6-2. Jose Osuna and Colin Moran each had an RBI to make up the scoring for Pittsburgh as a team in the loss. Josh Bell went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles and Jacob Stallings had a two-bagger as well while Kevin Newman and Starling Marte each had a base hit to finish off the Pirates’ offense as a team in the loss. Chris Archer allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out nine over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Richard Rodriguez took the loss, falling to 3-5 on the year. Joe Musgrove will start game two and is 8-10 with a 4.69 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. In his career, Musgrove is 1-5 with a 7.39 ERA and 34 strikeouts against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to keep the momentum going after opening the set with a win on Friday. Marcell Ozuna had a home run and two RBIs while Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter and Matt Wieters had an RBI each with Goldschmidt adding a double as well. Dexter Fowler and Tommy Edman each went 2 for 4 with Edman adding a triple while Fowler contributed a double. Kolten Wong added a base knock to finish off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the win. Dakota Hudson gave up two runs on six hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Carlos Martinez got the win to improve his record to 3-2 on the year in relief. Adam Wainwright will start game two and is 7-8 with a 4.50 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wainwright is 14-7 with a 4.41 ERA and 182 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 5-21 in their last 26 games overall, 7-21 in their last 28 road games and 8-23 in their last 31 division games while the over is 5-1 in Musgrove’s last 6 road starts. St. Louis is 46-20 in Wainwright’s last 66 home starts and 7-1 in their last 8 division games while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games overall. St. Louis is 20-8 in Wainwright’s last 28 starts against Pittsburgh and 13-3 in Wainwright’s last 16 home starts against the Pirates while Pittsburgh is 0-5 in Musgrove’s last 5 starts against St. Louis and 0-4 in Musgrove’s last 4 road starts against St. Louis.
I’d like to give Pittsburgh a chance here, but the fact is that they haven’t had any luck with Musgrove on the mound against St. Louis, and Musgrove himself is coming off of a start in which he allowed eight runs in less than four full innings of work last time out. Musgrove also gave up six runs, five earned against these same Cardinals just a couple of weeks ago and is 0-3 with a 12.08 ERA against the Cardinals this season. Wainwright has been horrid on the road, but he’s been pretty good at home, going 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA at home this season. Wainwright has also owned the Pirates on home soil for the majority of his career. Add in the horrendous slump that the Pirates have been in to start the second half of the season, and I think St. Louis is one of the best plays on the board on Saturday’s card.